May 1, 2013: Mets Come Back to End Skid

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Date: May 1, 2013
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 7
Marlins: 6
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Jordany Valdespin, John Buck, David Wright
Key play: Valdespin’s home run, Buck’s double

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Wednesday afternoon in Miami. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets came from behind for a 7-6 win that ended a six-game losing streak.

Marlins’ starter Wade LeBlanc pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Juan Pierre drew a walk against the Mets’ Dillon Gee to begin the bottom half. Donovan Solano grounded out to catcher John Buck and a walk to Greg Dobbs followed. Justin Ruggiano singled to drive home Pierre and a fly ball by Marcell Ozuna was caught by right fielder Marlon Byrd. Chris Valaika hit a double to score Dobbs and Ruggiano for a 3-0 Miami lead. Gee then retired Miguel Olivo on a ground ball to first baseman Ike Davis to close out the inning.

After scoreless second and third innings, David Wright homered to lead off the top of the fourth. Buck hit a single and Lucas Duda went down on strikes. LeBlanc set down the next two Mets batters to finish off the inning and Nick Green doubled with one out in the bottom half. LeBlanc followed with a single and advanced to second base on center fielder Juan Lagares’s throw to Buck that caught Green at the plate. Pierre single to bring home LeBlanc and increase the Marlins’ lead to 4-1. Gee then got Solano on a grounder to second baseman Daniel Murphy for the inning’s final out.

Gee and LeBlanc each hurled a scoreless fifth. Leading off the top of the sixth, Wright hit a double down the left field line. Buck and Duda were retired on infield ground balls and Byrd singled to drive home Wright. Davis hit a single and LeBlanc was replaced on the mound by Miami reliever A. J. Ramos. Pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin greeted Ramos with a three-run homer that lifted the Mets into a 5-4 lead. Ramos followed up with an inning-ending strikeout of Gee. For New York, reliever Scott Atchison pitched a perfect bottom half.

Murphy hit a one-out single against Marlins’ reliever Chad Qualls in the top of the seventh inning. Wright singled to send Murphy to third base. Buck followed with a double that drove home Murphy and Wright, lengthening the Mets’ lead to 7-4. Miami’s Brad Hand issued a walk to Duda and retired Byrd on a fly ball to center fielder Ruggiano. Hand then threw a called third strike past Davis to close out the inning. Solano and Dobbs got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Ruggiano hit a single and advanced to third base on left fielder Duda’s error that allowed Solano and Dobbs to score. Atchison got Ozuna to ground out to third baseman Wright and retired Valaika on a fly ball to center fielder Valdespin to end the inning. Hand shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. New York reliever LaTroy Hawkins then yielded only a double to Green in the bottom half.

For the Fish, reliever Mike Dunn pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. The Mets’ Bobby Parnell got Solano on a grounder to shortstop Ruben Tejada to open the bottom of the inning. Dobbs was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Mike Baxter. Parnell then struck out Ruggiano to end the game. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory to halt their six-game skid.